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Sound very muffled in right ear bud

I was listening to my VIBE's on a very hot day about 2 months ago. When my ears started sweating the buds kept falling out, after I put the right one back in after it had fallen out, I could barely hear anything that came out of it. I let them sit for a while before trying again, and lo and behold the right ear bud is almost muted. I've checked the wires and everything I could without taking the grills off of the drivers and haven't found anything wrong with them. The warranty has long since been expired, so does anyone have any suggestions how to fix the problem?

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  • Anonymous Nov 12, 2007

    I've only had mine just over a month and my right bud is also muted!

  • paulenheimer Dec 02, 2007

    About a month ago I actually fixed my individual problem. It turns out I have real waxy ears (or so my doctor told me), and while running I guess the sweat washed it behind the screen in the right earbud. Using a staple I removed the little screen, and you could see what looked like a paste on the inside of it. I soaked it in some warm water and you could just see the wax come right off (a little gross). After that it worked fine, but I ended up losing the little screen because I removed the adhesive that held it on to the bud itself.

  • smrocknrolle Aug 25, 2008

    Im on my third pair. I mainly listen to audio books at low volume. I work out twice a day thus my modas are bombarded by sweat and ear wax. So i guess I should be able to rationalize why I have now spent 300$ on 3 pairs in the last 7 months. What a joke **** vmoda im never buying them again if they go public im shorting their stock. I will profit, as I imagine others share my POV.

  • artboyz Nov 18, 2008

    I had the same problem in the left ear. I removed the screen and it fixed the problem. Is there any reason to replace the screen?

  • Anonymous Dec 03, 2008

    Same issue. I'll give it a try!

  • chapilandia Apr 06, 2009

    ive also had mine for a while too. ide say a little over a year... maybe. and ive taken really good care of them except for a little accident wen i forgot to take them out of my pocket and my jeans got washed.

    they worked fine after they were dried... in the dryer... but about a month later the right ear bud lost its bass  and i took the little mesh thing off and there was nothing to clean so i dont know whats up with it. 



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Yes, more than likely it is the wax build-up inside the screen of the earbuds. Take a tack and lightly pry the screen out. You will definitely see a noticeable amound of "gunk on the inside. Clean and you will hear a clearer and crisper sound. If you put the screens on flush and press them in they will stay.

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